Synthetic Bio-Bots Take Their First Steps

Swimming like spermatozoa, researchers and engineers at the University of Illinois breathed life into a synthetic bio-bot that self-propels through the contraction of cultured heart cells known as cardiomyocytes. Modeled after single-celled organisms, these bio-bots consist of a long flagella-like tail made up of flexible polymer, alongside a short head by its end that is…

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I See With My Printed Eye

Allow me to try and simplify the title of an exciting, new scientific paper: “Adult rat retinal ganglion cells and glia can be printed by piezoelectric inkjet printing.” We have now created eye cells with an inkjet printer! Researchers from the University of Cambridge printed rat retinal ganglion cells, basically clumps of retina, using an…

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The Future of Public Transit is in Inductive Charging

If you think innovation in public transportation has gotten static, look to Milton Keynes, a London suburb that sounds like a stuffy Economics professor. Arriva, the company with Milton Keynes’ public transit contract, will experiment with inductive charging on eight of their buses. Sometimes described as wireless charging, induction produces voltage across a conductor when…

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Ready for an Artificial Brain?

“What’s on your mind?” asks Facebook. Above the question asks whether I’d like to “Add Photos/Video,” and below it asks if I’d like to include other people within my vicinity, my current location, and how my emotional state is during this thought process. Most importantly, though, it asks whether I’d like to share this thought…

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The Dilemma of Mind Uploading (part two)

To simply “download” everything within your brain and upload it into an artificial brain, physical continuity (see Part 1) is being replicated, not maintained. Essentially you’d be partaking in a really cool process of cloning. That’s it. Think of Lieutenant Commander Data and his brother Lore from the Star Trek universe (ignoring, of course, your…

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Here’s a Nest for Your Smart House

The Internet of Things anticipates that every piece of your home will be equipped with Internet connectivity. But who would think to include thermostats, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors on that list? Yesterday, Google announced that they acquired Nest, a company specializing in home automation. Founded by former Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt…

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When dying becomes harder

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1449635962″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QXNwl9dTL._SL160_.jpg” width=”125″] We are headed towards a world where upon conceiving, parents will go to the doctor to ensure that the unborn child develops in such a way, that it is born without any congenital conditions, weaknesses or allergies. We are headed towards a world where no child will be born…

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The Future of Sleep in The Cosmos Bed

There is something amazing about sleeping under the stars. We don’t do it often anymore, but I think we are all amused by the blanket of burning gas orbs millions of miles away. Our physiology is sensitive to the starry night, too. We’re more likely to sleep under a glow of street lights piercing our…

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Outing Time Travelers on Social Media

Time travelers on social media beware: you may slip up and post information well ahead of its time. One research study out of Michigan Technological University has sought to uncover undercover travelers who exist among us in our digital present. The study was conducted by physics professor Robert Nemiroff and graduate student Teresa Wilson. Their…

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Serious Wonder at CES 2014: The Chef Jet

3D-Printing seems to be the delight of the Consumer Electronics Show this year. Serious Wonder Editorial Director Gray Scott has been there from opening day, and he recently captured a Vine of the first 3D-printed cakes: edible, and certainly incredible. These particular printed edibles come from the 3D Systems-designed Chef Jet, a 3D printer that…

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